Charlotte, NC (PRWEB) August 14, 2012
Seeking to promote the knowledge and understanding of integrating faith and values with investment decisions, the Christian Investment Forum (CIF) was recently formed. The goal of the organization is to create awareness of the many ways to invest in a way that reflects the Christian values of investors as more investors are looking for ways to live out their faith. CIF encourages all Christians, and all those of other faiths, to embrace the integration of their faith and values with the investments they make. Through the recently launched website http://www.christianinvestmentforum.org, CIF will help investors be better informed of the what, why, and how of faith based investing. The new website provides helpful resources, highlights several investment firms that integrate faith into their investment decisions, and helps investors align with firms and financial advisors that share the same or similar sets of beliefs.
"The founding member firms believe there is a need for an organization that has a clear goal of educating the public about the benefits of investing in alignment with their faith, without lecturing about what that faith should be. Also for building awareness of the growing number of financial firms and products that are available," says John Siverling, Executive Director of CIF. "The firms felt those needs could not be effectively addressed by existing organizations. It is our hope to engage the public in a dialogue on the value of wise investing and the responsibility of investing wisely. The website is one of the avenues to engage with the community effectively."
The integration of Christian beliefs in the investment process applies Christian values to issues facing shareholders regarding moral, environmental, social, corporate governance, and applicable Biblical principles. This, coupled with traditional financial analysis provides a platform for investment decisions that allows us to view our role as stewards of God’s gifts to us and also respect the foundational beliefs of our shared Christian faith. Today less than 1% of investment assets are held with firms that publicly acknowledge and/or use faith based investment decision processes, proving a strong need for the existence and growth of the Christian Investment Forum.
The Christian Investment Forum is an independent, 501(c) 6 non-profit trade association. CIF strives to educate the wider public on the benefits of BRI through research that leads to credibility, training that leads to knowledge, and networking that leads to influence. To download the white paper and collect more information about CIF, visit http://www.christianinvestmentforum.org